Albany vies for Australian Tidy Towns title

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MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 1 December 2015

 

Albany judging Jill Grant and Dog Rock Albany TT2015 sml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the hope of being named Australia’s Tidiest Town, Albany was visited by the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Town judge Jill Grant last week.

Sponsored by The Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department for the Environment the Australian Tidy Towns awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia.

Ms Grant said she was impressed with the Keep Australia Beautiful WA Tidy Towns finalist, and being granted the opportunity to review their projects as part of their National submission.

Ms Grant said, “It is always an honour and pleasure to be able to recognise and promote the work that many dedicated individuals and communities are undertaking to continuously improve social and environment development within their own towns.”

Ms Grant compiled judging scores while learning about the Albany Carbon Reduction Strategy Plan, and the ‘solar sync’ system a multipurpose playing field. She also visited the Hanrahan Road Waste Minimisation Facility, Living Stream at Yakamia Creek and saw Albany Heritage Park which included the National Anzac Centre.

After lunch Ms Grant was treated to a trip to Mills Park, Middleton Beach, Cull Park, Baltic Ridge, Emu Point, the Boardwalk at Oyster Harbour Fish Traps, and finishing off at Dog Rock Boulevarde.

Keep Australia Beautiful Chief Executive Officer Philip Robinson said “each finalist has demonstrated significant outcomes in a range of sustainability projects and activities and the National program allows each of them to learn even more from leading projects in other states and territories.”

As the overall state winner in the Western Australian Tidy Towns Awards, Albany will now vie for the Australian title against six other finalists:

  • Orange, state winner from Keep NSW Beautiful
  • Mt Liebig, territory winner from Keep Australia Beautiful NT
  • Mundulla, state winner from KESAB environmental solutions in SA
  • Triabunna, state winner from Keep Australia Beautiful TAS
  • Horsham, state winner from Keep Victoria Beautiful
  • Roma, state winner from Keep Queensland Beautiful.

The Australian Tidy Town judging will take place into early 2016, to then decide on the overall Australian winner. The existing Australian Tidy Towns title is held by Toodyay, in Western Australia, and will be passed onto the 2016 winner at the awards event to be held in Toodyay on 17 – 18 March next year.

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Judge Contact:

Jill Grant | 0411 652 895 | jagrant5@bigpond.com

Finalist Contact:

Jennie Anderton, KABWA Program Manager | 0477 308 862 | Jennie.Anderton@kabc.wa.gov.au

National Media Contact:

Alice Morgan, Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful | 02 8626 9396 | alice@kab.org.au

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